abide by

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Related to abide by: account for


v. a·bode (ə-bōd′) or a·bid·ed, a·bid·ing, a·bides
1. To put up with; tolerate: can't abide such incompetence. See Synonyms at endure.
2. To wait patiently for: "I will abide the coming of my lord" (Tennyson).
1. To remain in a place: "I'll call upon you straight. Abide within" (Shakespeare).
2. To continue in existence; endure: "I have decided my life can't be about absence, what I don't have, what does not abide, and the rich grief it brings" (Amy Benson).
3. To dwell or reside.
abide by
To conform to; comply with: abide by the rules.

[Middle English abiden, from Old English ābīdan : ā-, intensive pref. + bīdan, to remain; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.]

a·bid′er n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.abide by - act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishesabide by - act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes; "He complied with my instructions"; "You must comply or else!"; "Follow these simple rules"; "abide by the rules"
stick with, stick to, follow - keep to; "Stick to your principles"; "stick to the diet"
oblige, accommodate - provide a service or favor for someone; "We had to oblige him"
adopt, espouse, follow - choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; "She followed the feminist movement"; "The candidate espouses Republican ideals"
toe the line - do what is expected
obey - be obedient to
conform to - observe; "conform to the rules"
2.abide by - show respect towardsabide by - show respect towards; "honor your parents!"
accept - consider or hold as true; "I cannot accept the dogma of this church"; "accept an argument"
lionise, lionize, celebrate - assign great social importance to; "The film director was celebrated all over Hollywood"; "The tenor was lionized in Vienna"
tolerate - recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others); "We must tolerate the religions of others"
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1. To put up with:
Informal: lump.
Idioms: take it, take it lying down.
2. To continue to be in a place:
Informal: stick around.
Idiom: stay put.
3. To stop temporarily and remain, as if reluctant to leave:
4. To be in existence or in a certain state for an indefinitely long time:
5. To have as one's domicile, usually for an extended period:
phrasal verb
abide by
To act in conformity with:
Idiom: toe the line.
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يَلْتَزِم، يَفِي بِ
být věrnýdodržovat
holde sig tiloverholde
fara eftir, lúta
itaat etmekuymak

w>abide by

vi +prep obj rule, law, decision, promise, resultssich halten an (+acc); consequencestragen; I abide by what I saidich bleibe bei dem, was ich gesagt habe
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(əˈbaid) verb
to put up with; to tolerate. I can't abide noisy people.
aˈbide bypast tense, past participle aˈbided
– to act according to; to be faithful to. They must abide by the rules of the game.
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References in classic literature ?
They agreed to appoint Momus as judge, and to abide by his decision.
Finally, at the suggestion of the International League of Cannon Founders, which had important branches in both countries, they decided to refer their claims to the Bumbo of Jiam, and abide by his judgment.
Sir Launcelot will give battle to dragons, and will abide by them, and will assail them again, and yet again, and still again, until he do conquer and destroy them; and so likewise will Sir Pellinore and Sir Aglovale and Sir Carados, and mayhap others, but there be none else that will venture it, let the idle say what the idle will.
Abide by thy customs, thou excellent one: grind thy corn, drink thy water, praise thy cooking,-- if only it make thee glad!
"I do think, Gilbert, that you ought to abide by the judgment of a man nearly eighty, who has seen a great deal and saved scores of lives himself--surely his opinion ought to weigh more than a mere boy's."
But I'll not promise to abide by his opinion, Anne.
Further, Olivarez reminded both local and foreign establishments in the city to abide by the rules, which also cover sanitation and working conditions.
Addressing the students, the CTO said: "It is our moral duty to abide by traffic rules for safety of our lives and others." He urged students to abide by the line and lane, zebra crossing, traffic signals, and other rules besides avoiding speeding and wheelie.
This interpretation may indeed seem harsh, but there is no other realistic one, given the reticence of those rebel forces, their commanders and their political emissaries who are beholden to Iran to abide by the terms reached in Stockholm.
The opposition accused Vijayan of sticking to his original stand that the government would abide by the apex court directive.
"The future government in Iraq will not abide by al-Abadi's position on the US sanctions against Iran," Amer al-Fayez was quoted as saying by the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news agency on Monday.
Iraq will abide by the reimposition of American sanctions on Iran "because it will otherwise lose," Abadi told a news conference.